'He scored plenty past me' - Pickford names danger man ahead of Everton clash v Bournemouth
By Abigail Withey
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has singled out Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe as the danger man ahead of their Premier League showdown on Saturday.
The Toffees will be hoping to end their dismal run in the top flight this weekend after previously suffering heavy defeats to the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United over recent weeks.
Ronald Koeman’s side are set to host the Cherries on Saturday and England’s most expensive keeper believes that his former Sunderland team mate will be the player to watch out for during the clash.
“In terms of this weekend and the test we face, Eddie Howe has put together a hard-working Bournemouth side and they will come to Goodison with a game plan, so we will have to be on our toes and ready for the challenge,” Pickford wrote in his Sport 360 column.
“I know their striker Jermain Defoe from my Sunderland days and I am well aware of what he can produce.
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“Jermain is a proven goalscorer and we will have to keep him quiet.
“He scored plenty past me in training last season but I am determined that will not be the case this weekend.”
Pickford moved to Goodison Park from Sunderland during the recent summer transfer window and has featured in all of Everton’s Premier League fixtures so far this season.
The 23-year-old wasn’t named in Tuesday’s third round League Cup squad which faced his former club, and watched the Toffees secure a 3-0 win over his old side from the dug-out.
The club’s midweek victory could give the Blues a new found confidence against Bournemouth and will be crucial to getting back on track in the top flight.
Following this weekend’s showdown the Merseyside outfit will prepare for their second group match of the Europa League against Apollon Limassol at Goodison.
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